Chris Daly’s lasting legacy will not be his foul mouth or demeanor, but the job-killing layers of new restrictions, fees and taxes levied on business and housing development known as the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan.
Ten years in the making, this rezoning plan was designed to combat the incursion of high-tech jobs into The City’s traditional, blue-collar neighborhoods near the railroad tracks. Debates over the development rights for the remaining industrial land near Mission Bay have been the battleground of progressive politics since district elections and the “Class of 2000” took over the Board of Supervisors.
I feel a profound relief and tentative optimism as I learn the impressive backgrounds of our new supervisors. I don’t know Ed Lee, but at least the Chinatown community knows that in order to have benevolent charity organizations, you must also have a healthy business community.
Judy West, San Francisco
Stricter gun control laws
I appreciated your Jan. 12 “Gun control and reality” opinion piece by Bonnie Erbe. Senseless gun violence has reached epidemic levels in the United States. If there is any silver lining to the massacre in Arizona it is that we Americans may finally have enough support to enact some type of more effective gun control legislation.
Common sense tells us that hunters, sportsmen and other gun aficionados do not need guns with high-capacity magazines. These weapons are designed for one purpose: to kill large numbers of people in a few seconds. Banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines is not an infringement upon people’s Second Amendment rights. It is a proper response to the unjust and violent world in which we live today.
Tom Hubbard, San Francisco
Don’t make cars cash cows
In yet another example of San Francisco’s combined Muni and Parking Department being dysfunctional, they say they want to crack down on motorists so they can close their budget deficit.
They say that they don’t want the public to be seen as a cash cow. But how else would you explain their actions and their statements? If they really wanted to do something to help The City, then why don’t they give people incentives to come into San Francisco and spend their money here, by making it more convenient? And how about not doing congestion pricing and not enacting toll roads?
Quit taxing people and do more to welcome them. Let them conduct their business here. Now there’s a progressive idea.
Edmund Lee, San Francisco